April 2014, Brighton, Sussex:
Natalie Evans wins Young Start-up Talent Brighton Region 2014 scooping £50,000 prize
by Sussex & Surrey PR Agency Media Word Waves
The winner of the £50k Young Start-up talent prize fund for Brighton was announced earlier this week as 24 year old Natalie Evans with her company 42Juice which produces fresh organic juices made up of 100% raw, cold-pressed fresh fruit and vegetables to provide instant nutrient and vitamins, 42 Juice offers cleanse and detox packages.
The evening was held at Brighton Racecourse where founding partners of the entrepreneurial initiative, Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent hosted the showcase event which brought together a host of the business community, heads of education, previous contestants of the initiative and recent finalists.
Natalie said “I thought the process was amazing and invaluable to my business. I'm so excited. It will be incredible; I am looking forward to working with the team and seeing what will evolve.”
Natalie has walked away with £50,000 worth of business products and services donated from 30 of Brighton’s leading businesses which serves as a fantastic starting point to develop a business.
The finalists, who each had to present their idea to the judging panel.
Karim Mohamed of Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors and one of the judges commented “I am delighted with the product and wish Natalie all the success for the next year and look forward to supporting her in her venture.”
Another judge – Dan Simpson – Partner at Hartley Fowler Accountants added “I was thoroughly impressed. It was an incredibly difficult decision as each finalist had a great idea and it was a close call, they all have their merits.”
Guest speakers included Davina Wells - Executive Director of Brighton Racecourse, Mike Weatherley – MP for Hove, Mike Holland - entrepreneur and owner of the World of Engineering, Henry Rogers aged just 16 of Hot Iron and Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen – previous winners of the project.
The other finalists and runners up of the initiative were:
Chloe Meineck a graduate from University of Brighton, whose business is a Music Memory Box which is customisable and filed with a person’s favourite objects with aims to stimulate and aid those with dementia.
Mel Haagman and Rae MacMaster with their business called SymbolEyez which aims to equip teachers, parents and children with stories written in symbols that enable children to feel embowered during the learning to read process.
William Sudan – a former student of City College has created a business called White Eyebrow – a brand that intends to be ‘the first to market’ with a healthy tea beverage developed to revolutionise the tea industry and its drinking culture and offers a unique blend of organic herb and fruit tea cordials.
Ricardo Mwe-Di-Malila – a current student of City College who runs a business called Treble and Base which provides music workshops for under 18 year olds to aid multi-level development through creative release to develop and encourage their skills.
The finalists all previously presented to a Dragon’s Den panel of judges which included Karim Mohamed – Partner at Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, Dan Simpson – Partner of Hartley Fowler Accountants, Chris Baker – Director of Economic and Social Engagement at University of Brighton, Andrew Hookway – MD of Extech, Lorraine Nugent - MD of Media Word Waves, Ben James – Senior reporter at The Argus and Mike Holland – Entrepreneur and property developer. The whole process was filmed at City College and shown at the showcase event to an audience of approx. 200.
During the show Mike Holland offered to invest and help Chloe to further develop her business.
Mike commented “Natalie is a very worthy winner. I think whatever happens she will go a long way and will make a success of whatever she does a very talented lady. When I saw Chloe's idea and the passion that she has for her invention I felt it was worthy of an investment. I am interested whether she accepts me or not!”
Previous participants of Young Start-up Talent have gone onto grow their business from strength to strength with runners up gaining some fantastic contacts to help grow and develop their own businesses.
The finalists and judges.
For more information use the following links Young Start-up Talent
The judges and sponsors for Young Start-up Talent Brighton 2014 :
Avensys Ltd, an Audio Visual Company with offices in Crawley, Copthorne and Horley. Avensys has divisions supplying Professional AV Sales & Installation, Hire, Events & Exhibition services as well as a retail store supplying consumer Audio Visual products.
The Argus, Your Business is the weekly specialist business supplement providing a focus and reflecting on Brighton, Hove and Sussex business matters.
Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce, the voice of Brighton & Hove’s City business people, and it’s a voice that really helps its members build successful businesses.
Brighton and Hove City Council is committed to making sure that all children and young people in the city have the best possible start in life, so that everyone has the opportunity to fulfill their potential, whatever that might be, and to be happy, healthy and safe.
BrightonandHovejobs.com, a job board created for Brighton and Hove. By working with the best employers and training providers, we not only advertise the region’s best jobs but we also work pro-actively to create local jobs for local people.
City College, Situated in the heart of Brighton and graded ‘Outstanding’ in key areas by Ofsted in its June 2011 report, City College Brighton and Hove is an international centre of vocational excellence and one of the top performing Further Education Colleges in the country.
Creative Pod, A Sussex based award winning design agency. Creative Pod works with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and one man bands to SMEs and global blue chips.
Department Of Business Innovation and Skills, BIS is working together for growth and investing in skills to make markets more dynamic with lower regulation, and by promoting trade to boost innovation and help support people looking to start and grow a business.
extech , an award winning Managed IT solutions, support, product and advice specialist passionate about providing comprehensive IT services and solutions to entrepreneurial start ups, small and medium sized businesses.
Gatwick Airport, is the busiest single-runway airport in the world and is currently undergoing a £1bn transformation. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 33 million passengers a year.
Heart FM, The leading radio station throughout Susses and Surrey. Heart FM is proud to support its local community.
Let’s Do Business Group , is the leading provider of business advice for budding entrepreneurs in the South East. The Group is the Delivery Partner for the Government’s Start Up Loan Scheme for Young People, providing advice, mentoring and access to finance for 18-30 year olds.
Mayo Wynne Baxter, a leading firm of Sussex solicitors, Mayo Wynne Baxter provides a comprehensive and personal service to a broad spectrum of local, national and international clients.
MCR Print, provide quotes for short-run digital printing or longer run litho printing using the most up-to-date environmentally friendly printing methods and materials.
Media Word Waves, a leading PR agency we offer the full range of PR services including creative copy for press releases, advertising campaigns, brochures, newsletters and websites which we deploy through our extensive network of Local and national media contacts.
Mike Weatherley MP. Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade.
mtc2 ltd is a successful Sussex based management consultancy, training and coaching company working across all sectors and all sizes of business. Our Wayfinder Programme provides specialised coaching for business. The founder of mtc2 ltd, Laura Murphy, has a regular business column for a leading regional newspaper group. By identifying improvements and supporting behaviour change mtc2 ltd helps individuals and organisations succeed.
Sussex CCC, the oldest professional cricket club in the country having been founded in 1839.
Sussex Enterprise provide practical business support, HR, training, information and advice to help your business develop, grow and profit. We are the Voice of Business for Sussex.
University of Brighton, committed to supporting enterprise in all its forms. We run our own entrepreneurship network to nurture young talent and support all students, graduates and staff who are interested in developing their enterprise skills and business ideas, and an enterprise awards scheme for seed funding start-up businesses.
Young Enterprise, a not for profit organisation; building a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise.